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All Blacks captain Ritchie McCaw signs with New Zealand to 2011

All Blacks captain Ritchie McCaw signs with New Zealand to 2011

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw re-signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union on Monday through to the 2011 World Cup.
McCaw's new contract includes an option to take a playing "sabbatical" in Europe, but the 27-year-old flanker said he had no intention of doing so.
"Right now, I'm feeling fresh mentally and my body seems to be handling the rugby OK, so I have no plans for a sabbatical," he said.
Flyhalf Daniel Carter, who also recently signed through 2011, is expected to announce plans to play in France under a similar sabbatical agreement, likely to earn him more than US$1 million (euro640,000).
Winning McCaw's signature has allowed the New Zealand union to briefly stem a flow of top players to clubs in Britain, France and Japan. All Blacks such as Carl Hayman, Chris Jack, Anton Oliver, Byron Kelleher, Doug Howlett and Luke McAlister have also left in recent months.
"The black jersey is the most important thing to me," McCaw said.
"Playing for the All Blacks is the ultimate and I'm really enjoying the (Canterbury) Crusaders. There's more money available overseas, but personally, it wouldn't bring the same challenge."


Updated : 2021-01-18 16:27 GMT+08:00